African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) Side Event: Fostering Public-Private Partnerships to Enhance Smallholder Resilience in sub-Saharan Africa


05 September 2018


Kigali, Rwanda



The Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) is the largest and most impactful forum for African agriculture. From 5-8 September 2018, the AGRF brought together 2,800 participants in Kigali, Rwanda to take stock, evaluate actions, and learn from compelling evidence across the continent, presented by many of the most inspiring leaders in the African agriculture sector. Heads of state, government representatives, private sector actors, development partners, donors, researchers, civil society and farmer's organisations met and shared their insights, knowledge, experiences and innovative approaches to advance rural transformation in Africa.

At this year’s AGRF, RFS Lead Agency, IFAD, and, RFS Regional Hub partner, AGRA, co-organized a side event on Fostering Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to Enhance Smallholder Resilience in sub-Sahara Africa. The side event focused on the innovative approaches of the RFS Kenya country project, the Upper Tana Nairobi Water Fund (UTNWF), in fostering PPPs to improve the sustainable management of natural resources in the Upper Tana River basin. Targeting 21,000 households directly, the UTNWF promotes large-scale payments for ecosystem services that benefit urban water users, including beverage companies and power generation firms who are willing to invest in rural environments, creating win-win opportunities.

The presentation of emerging lessons from the RFS Kenya project helped share valuable knowledge generated from the RFS programme on tested approaches for fostering private sector engagement in the development of smallholder farming enterprises in rural areas. The presentation fostered a discussion on the economic basis for public and private sector collaboration in smallholder systems and facilitated the exchange of lessons and practices between development actors.

The AGRF 2018 paved the way for further development of the strong multi-sectoral partnerships necessary to significantly influence policy directions for resilience, food security and sustainable growth in sub-Sahara Africa. Through the side event, the RFS programme was able to strengthen the connections between a range of partners, including the African Union Commission and its regional initiatives, the private sector, financial institutions, civil society organisations and former's associations operating in rural areas.  


African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) Side Event: Fostering Public-Private Partnerships to Enhance Smallholder Resilience in sub-Saharan Africa

14:30 – 14:40 

Opening Remarks (10 min)  M. Donal Brown, Associate Vice-President  PMD/IFAD  

14:40 – 14:50 

Overview on IAP-FS programme (10 min)  M. Jonky Tenou, IAP Task Manager/IFAD 

14.50 – 15:10 

Framework presentation: Public-private partnerships in support of smallholder resilience in Africa: Business Case (20 min)  M. Munhamo Chisvo, CEO/ FANRPAN 

15.10 – 15. 25 

Q&A 15 min  M Jiménez-McInnis, Luis, Director PRM/IFAD 

15:25 – 16:00 

Case Studies  (10 min each speaker)  Jonky Tenou, IAP Task Manger,  ECG/IFAD 

  • IFAD's experience in engaging private sector for smallholder resilience–Nairobi Upper Tana Water Fund in Kenya   M. Joe DeVries, Vice-President/AGRA 

  • PPPs for resilience in rural farming in Africa, concept, approach and challenges (AGRA  and IUCN approach)  M. Philip Githinji, Production Manager/Nairobi water &  sewerage  company  

16.00 – 16.20 

Q&A 20 min  M Jiménez-McInnis, Luis, Director PRM/IFAD 

16:20 – 16:30 

Closing Remarks    M. Donal Brown, Associate Vice-President  PMD/IFAD 


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